No less than 3 Canadians won titles on Sunday.
First up was Rebecca Marino who extended her win streak to twelve matches thanks to a 6-1, 6-4 win over Switzerland’s Nina Stadler, ranked no. 755 in the world, in the final of the $15,000 GD Tennis Cup in Antalya, Turkey.
The triumph gives Marino her second consecutive title and she has yet to drop a set in her comeback to the pro circuit.
“I’m of course very happy to have won my first two tournaments back, but what I am most happy about is to be back playing,” Marino said after Sunday’s match. “The whole process of coming back to tennis has been very fulfilling, and has helped me find my love of the game again.”
The 27-year-old Vancouver native will look to make it three trophies in a row in Antalya this week. She will be joined in the tournament by fellow Canadian Carson Branstine.
Meanwhile, Vasek Pospisil captured his second straight ATP Challenger Tour title, and seventh of his career, after defeating young Spaniard Nicola Kuhn 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3 in the championship match at the Hungarian Challenger Open in Budapest.
This means that Pospisil successfully defends the finalist points he earned at this time last year at the San Francisco Challenger, so his ATP ranking will stay around no. 83. Pospisil’s next scheduled tournament is the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
The 🇨🇦 is the champion in Budapest, d. Nicola Kuhn 76(3) 36 63. pic.twitter.com/cnyxJAzJQS
— ATP Challenger Tour (@ATPChallenger) February 11, 2018
Canada’s third title of the day went to 17-year-old Félix Auger-Aliassime who teamed up with Kuhn to take home his first ATP Challenger doubles crown in his first tournament of the season. The pair beat top seeds Marin and Tomislav Draganja of Croatia 2-6, 6-2, 11-9 in the final. Auger-Aliassime will now head to Rotterdam to make his ATP main draw debut against Serb Filip Krajinovic.
First win of the year for FAA. Budapest doubles title with Nicola Kuhn.
Off to Rotterdam now! pic.twitter.com/Zu8ECvRJiX
— Ze Team (@ZeTeamCan) February 11, 2018